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Planning.

When building a ‘model railway in the landscape’ the planning process is comprised, essentially, of three elements which are all inter dependent. Make an alteration to one and this will impact the other two. The three elements are the baseboards which must support the track and give a foundation to the landscape The track plan which must nestle in the landscape and look as though it was an integral part and lastly the landscape itself, the landforms, rivers, woodlands, embankments etc. All thre

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Progress? Well, a little.

30587 at Boscarne Junction I thought I’d start this with a picture of 30587 at Boscarne which is of course the inspiration behind Bosmelin. And anyway it’s a nice picture. Although I’m not really a ‘loco-geek/nerd/nutter,’ having more interest in railways as a whole, locomotives are a pretty vital component. Rapid progress in building THE RSR has never been allowed to interfere with my inherent ability to let other activities divert me from fulfilling a goal. Ashamedly I see that it is over 7

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Bian Bos

Having spent some time happily carving away at the polystyrene I was eventually satisfied with the basic form I had achieved. As the nature of this experiment has become more formal I’ve given the diorama a name – Bian Bos which is my East Anglian attempt at Cornish for Small Dwelling. No doubt a competent Cornish linguist will/might correct me if any grammatical elements are wrong. I need to test a fake water medium so I’ve included a culvert and a small brook at one end of the board. The sto

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Polystyrene.

I’ve started adding some polystyrene to the foam board experiment to create some topography. Boscarne junction is cut into a hill side so at the rear there is a fairly steep bank. While to the front the same hillside falls down to water meadows and the river. The whole exercise is turning into a little diorama and I shall experiment further with the surface dressings I might use on Bosmelin. Thus I shall need to include some ‘water’ and of course trees both of which I am less confident about.

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Prototyping

Bosmelin will be a railway in a landscape. The track layout will be laid on a spine of baseboards with the main scenic sections added around it in a jigsaw manner. This has several advantages regarding space, manoeuvrability, weight, access and so forth. The visual experience is crucial and the jigsaw enhances this by avoiding continuous join lines. Joins being disguised by field hedges and banks for example in a random pattern. To evaluate how large the spine boards need to be and how they nee

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The Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway

Although Oby (see previous posts) is bubbling away my main project is and always has been a layout called “Bosmelin” and it is this that I shall be progressing in 2019. I have found the history and operations of the Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway, which linked the two towns after which it was named, particularly interesting. My library of books about the line and related magazine articles has grown over the last decade while the release of several ready to run models that were prototypical to

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The Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway

Although Oby (see previous posts) is bubbling away my main project is and always has been a layout called “Bosmelin” and it is this that I shall be progressing in 2019. I have found the history and operations of the Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway, which linked the two towns after which it was named, particularly interesting. My library of books about the line and related magazine articles has grown over the last decade while the release of several ready to run models that were prototypical to

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Plausibility

<p>I’ve been contemplating whether planting a fictitious station at Oby would be in context with the other railways in that part of Norfolk. Although I’m happy with a make believe scenario I still like to think it will be plausible. This is one reason I have a liking for ‘might have been’ subjects. Oby was never a might have been.</p> <p>Imagine, therefore, my delight when reading ‘The Norfolk Railway – Railway Mania in East Anglia 1834-1862’ by John Barney, pub. Mintaka Books

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Plausibility

I’ve been contemplating whether planting a fictitious station at Oby would be in context with the other railways in that part of Norfolk. Although I’m happy with a make believe scenario I still like to think it will be plausible. This is one reason I have a liking for ‘might have been’ subjects.  Oby was never a might have been. Imagine, therefore, my delight when reading ‘The Norfolk Railway – Railway Mania in East Anglia 1834-1862’ by John Barney, pub. Mintaka Books 2007, to find reference to

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Grazing Marsh & Big, Big Skies

<p>I’ve always been more comfortable in the flat lands of East Anglia than in the more hilly or mountainous regions of the UK. Sure they’re pretty to look at and can be impressive but I couldn’t live among them unless I was on the coast – where things get flat again.</p> <p>Once when looking at a hilly view a colleague commented upon how nice he thought it would be to live there. My response was along the lines that you couldn’t actually see anything unless you lived in top of

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Grazing Marsh & Big, Big Skies

I’ve always been more comfortable in the flat lands of East Anglia than in the more hilly or mountainous regions of the UK. Sure they’re pretty to look at and can be impressive but I couldn’t live among them unless I was on the coast – where things get flat again. Once when looking at a hilly view a colleague commented upon how nice he thought it would be to live there. My response was along the lines that you couldn’t actually see anything unless you lived in top of the hill and that homes in

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I’m Still Here!

<p>It’s been a while since I ‘penned’ a few words to describe happenings at TheRSR. I have not been idle but have been otherwise occupied. What follows is a brief resume of the various projects previously mentioned in the blog.</p> <p><strong>Bohemian Saxony</strong> <strong>–</strong> the continental tram layout. The team decided to leave this project in the hands of the shop proprietor once all the electrics and control panels had been installed. The a

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I’m Still Here!

It’s been a while since I ‘penned’ a few words to describe happenings at TheRSR. I have not been idle but have been otherwise occupied. What follows is a brief resume of the various projects previously mentioned in the blog. Bohemian Saxony – the continental tram layout. The team decided to leave this project in the hands of the shop proprietor once all the electrics and control panels had been installed. The aim being that he would finish the scenic works and install the layout in the owners h

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Making Tracks

To run P4 rolling stock you need P4 track. P4 track is easy – obtainable RTR from C&L or ‘makeable’ from Easitrack or of course for the really keen made from components. But points/turnouts/switches and common crossings? The more affluent can get someone to make their point-work but for most folk they must be constructed by hand from components. So that’s the place to start. Having decided I needed a test track and that a test track must have at least one point I set about making one. A fo

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Making Tracks

To run P4 rolling stock you need P4 track. P4 track is easy – obtainable RTR from C&L or ‘makeable’ from Easitrack or of course for the really keen made from components. But points/turnouts/switches and common crossings?  The more affluent  can get someone to make their point-work but for most folk they must be constructed by hand from components. So that’s the place to start. Having decided I needed a test track and that a test track must have at least one point I set about making one. A

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Meanwhile in Central Europe

<p>There’s been a bit of a break in work on Bohemian Saxony. But today we starting working again. First up was getting the shuttle on the mine line to work.</p> <p>Can’t post videos here so YouTube will have to suffice. <a href=" rel="nofollow">https://youtu.be/dNlUukoul4I</a></p> <p> </p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/thersr.wordpress.com/1015/"><imgalt="" border="0" src="http://feeds

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Meanwhile in Central Europe

There’s been a bit of a break in work on Bohemian Saxony. But today we starting working again. First up was getting the shuttle on the mine line to work. Can’t post videos here so YouTube will have to suffice.   https://youtu.be/dNlUukoul4I  

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The Unique Broads – Foundations

<p>There is nowhere quite like the Norfolk Broads. Lying between Stalham in the North and Beccles in the South, Norwich in the West and Great Yarmouth in the East this is a land of waterways and ‘broads’, reedbed and grazing marsh. It is flat. Very flat. The skies are vast; stretching from horizon to horizon, punctuated by few trees and the remains of numerous wind drainage pumps.</p> <p>The Broads themselves are mediaevil peat diggings which flooded resulting in shallow lakes

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The Unique Broads – Foundations

There is nowhere quite like the Norfolk Broads. Lying between Stalham in the North and Beccles in the South, Norwich in the West and Great Yarmouth in the East this is a land of waterways and ‘broads’, reedbed and grazing marsh. It is flat. Very flat. The skies are vast; stretching from horizon to horizon, punctuated by few trees and the remains of numerous wind drainage pumps. The Broads themselves are mediaevil peat diggings which flooded resulting in shallow lakes seldom more than 4 metres d

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Welcome to Oby

<p>Oby was mentioned in the Doomsday Book but is now classed as lost village. Look on a map of Norfolk and you’ll find the parish of Ashby and Oby lying east of the River Thurne and south of Potter Heigham.</p> <p>Of course the railway never served Oby. Why would it? Apart from Oby Dyke – Norfolk Broad speak for a short waterway usually serving a village ‘staithe’- and Oby Mill there wasn’t much there.</p> <p>Ideal then for a ficticious little railway. The M&GN

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Welcome to Oby

Oby was mentioned in the Doomsday Book but is now classed as lost village. Look on a map of Norfolk and you’ll find the parish of Ashby and Oby lying east of the River Thurne and south of Potter Heigham. Of course the railway never served Oby. Why would it? Apart from Oby Dyke – Norfolk Broad speak for a short waterway usually serving a village ‘staithe’- and Oby Mill there wasn’t much there. Ideal then for a ficticious little railway. The M&GN of course served Potter Heigham on the line f

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P4 – The New Adventure

<p>The layout I have had in mind for some time was to be based upon the Bodmin and Wadebridge – in all probability Boscarne Junction which I find quite an interesting place. This remains my overall ambition</p> <p>I had almost settled on producing the track in 4-SF (OOSF) that is to say EM-2. This gives a track gauge of 16.2 mm, a check gauge of 15.2mm and flangeways of 1mm. For details of 4-SF see “4SF on the Web” at http://4-sf.uk/</p> <p>The stated advantage of

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P4 – The New Adventure

The layout I have had in mind for some time was to be based upon the Bodmin and Wadebridge – in all probability Boscarne Junction which I find quite an interesting place. This remains my overall ambition I had almost settled on producing the track in 4-SF (OOSF) that is to say EM-2. This gives a track gauge of 16.2 mm, a check gauge of 15.2mm and flangeways of 1mm. For details of 4-SF see  “4SF on the Web” at  http://4-sf.uk/ The stated advantage of 4-SF is that rolling stock of standard OO 16

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A New Adventure

<p>Well after a year of my garage being occupied by ‘that tram layout’ the space is now clear again and ready to be recolonised by my own projects – more of which anon.</p> <p>The ‘trams’ have moved back to the premises of Train Terrain Ltd for the scenery work to begin. The electrics have been installed and are working 95% with only a couple of minor issues to be resolved. Although we have fitted the automatic block working equipment this has yet to be commissioned fully. This

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A New Adventure

Well after a year of my garage being occupied by ‘that tram layout’ the space is now clear again and ready to be recolonised by my own projects – more of which anon. The ‘trams’ have moved back to the premises of Train Terrain Ltd for the scenery work to begin. The electrics have been installed and are working 95% with only a couple of minor issues to be resolved. Although we have fitted the automatic block working equipment this has yet to be commissioned fully. This will be done after the sce

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